2018

Maurice Foal Sell for A$2.0M

Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Buyers at The Foal Session of this week’s annual JRHA Sale have certainly expressed their enthusiasm for the first Northern Hemisphere foals of Japanese superstar Maurice (Screen Hero). The first colt by Maurice offered at the sale was knocked down to KT Racing Co. Ltd for the session’s third highest price of ¥170 million (A$2.05 million). Consigned by Katsumi Yoshida’s famous Northern Farm, the colt is out of Lasting Song (by Fuji Kiseki) from the family of Group 1 winners Cheval Grand, Verxina and Vivlos. In all, 10 colts and 3 fillies by Maurice sold for a total of ¥544 million (A$6.5 million), averaging ¥41,846,153 (A$506,000), above the sale average of A$488,000 – some achievement  in the world’s most extraordinary foal marketplace. The six-time Group 1 winner covered 121 mares in 2017, his first Australian season, and Arrowfield is preparing to welcome many of his foals this Spring. Their dams include Group winners Brazilian Pulse, Don’t Doubt Mamma, Soft Sand, Hollow Bullet, Platinum Witness and Cat By The Tale, sisters to Pakistan Star, Lankan Rupee and Tawqeet, and daughters of champions Merlene, Alinghi and Special Harmony. Maurice will stand at Arrowfield Stud this spring at a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).

Handsome Thief Wins Listed Wangoom Handicap

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

At Warrnambool in Victoria, champion 2YO colt & 4-time Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) added a black-type success when 5YO Irish-bred gelding Handsome Thief (Shamardal- Insoumise, by Galileo) steered towards the outside of the track to find the better going before letting down with a strong sprint to claim the $150,000 Listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Stellar Collision & Bassett. Raced by Paul Fudge's Waratah Thoroughbreds, Handsome Thief improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings from 14 starts for $296,400 in earnings. "Waratah are big supporters of the stable so its great to get a feature win for Paul and all the crew," trainer Darren Weir told racing.com. "After the track gets a bit of racing things become a bit tactical and I thought he [Dean Yendall] executed the ride perfectly." Handsome Thief is out of the Galileo mare Insoumise, a half-sister to Gr1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud winner Plumania. This is a prolific Gr1-producing family that also includes unbeaten Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Abbey Marie, Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, and successful sire Groom Dancer.

2017

Your Song Wins First Season Sires' Title

Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Widden Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Your Song (Fastnet Rock-Zembu, by Fuji Kiseki) has capped a remarkably successful 12 months to finish as the leading Australian First Season Sire by winners, wins, metropolitan winners and stakes horses. “Widden Stud have had a great track record for producing successful first season sires in recent years with Stratum, Northern Meteor, Sebring and Star Witness all finding immediate success before going on to become established as leading Group I sires,” said Antony Thompson. “Your Song has just kept improving right through the season and as we come into spring he has the right type of horses out there to keep his name in lights.” Your Song’s tally of 11 Australian winners of 15 races come from just 30 Australian runners with stakes-winner Split Lip the highlight horse accompanied by stakes-placegetters Memento, Soundcheck and Peristrophe. Juvenile colt Brave Song also stamped himself as a young horse with a promising future when running out an impressive 3 length winner at Canterbury last Wednesday for Peter & Paul Snowden. Your Song will cover his best ever book of mares as he is fully booked this spring at a fee of $22,000.

2017 Sires

Split Lip Wins Listed Dequetteville Stakes

Monday, 10th April 2017

At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Widden Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Your Song (Fastnet Rock-Zembu, by Fuji Kiseki) sired his first stakes winner when 2YO filly Split Lip (Your Song-Little Less Lip, by Blevic) scored by 0.4 length for trainer Will Clarken in the $110,000 Listed Dequetteville Stakes (1050m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow fillies Luqyaa (Exceed and Excel-Charmview, by Royal Academy) & Broadband (Sebring-Electric Dreams, by Redoute's Choice). Split Lip, an $11,000 purchase by Clarken Racing at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Lincoln Farm, improved her record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 4 starts for $95,580 earnings.

MM Perth Yearling Sale Day-1: Top Sellers

Tuesday, 21st February 2017
  • $325,000 - Not a Single Doubt x Sambar colt (Gangemi Racing)
  • $160,000 - Star Witness x Trading Halt colt (Ric Wylie Bloodstock)
  • $145,000 - Demerit x Special Kiseki colt (John Chalmers Bloodstock)
  • $130,000 - Written Tycoon x Risktaker filly (Ben Pearce Racing)
  • $105,000 - Oratorio x Zabore Loch filly (Harvey Racing)
  • $105,000 - Sebring x Yodeller colt (Electra Bloodstock/Pearce Racing)

Sacred Rhythm Wins Listed Bob Sharrock Memorial Oaks Prelude

Monday, 20th February 2017

At Pukekura in New Zealand, Rich Hill Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook, by Mill Reef) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Sacred Rhythm (Pentire-Bluegrass, by Fasliyev) scored by 0.75 length for trainer Tony Pike in the $50,000 Listed Bob Sharrock Memorial Oaks Prelude (1800m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Date Night (Savabeel-Dating, by O'Reilly) & Storytime (Savabeel-Authoress, by Fuji Kiseki). Purchased for $85,000 by Raffles Racing and Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Rich Hill Stud, Sacred Rhythm improved her record to 2 wins from 3 starts for NZ$38,750 earnings. Trainer Tony Pike told NZ Racing Desk that the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks was still on the agenda for Sacred Rhythm, as was a trip across the Tasman for the Queensland winter carnival later in the year. "It was only her third start and last time on Karaka Million night her saddle slipped and she got back and in all sorts of trouble," Pike said. "She kept closing today and she's got plenty of staying potential – whether she gets to the Oaks or not I'm not sure. She's not nominated, but More Than Sacred was a late nomination and she won it for us." He added: "If not, then Brisbane is an option." Sacred Rhythm  hails from the family of Queensland Oaks winner Zasu, Gr1-winning stallion Marceau, and multiple Group-winning stallion Runyon.

Weir Unveils Handsome Winner

Monday, 30th January 2017

Darren Weir is predicting a bright future for northern hemisphere-bred entire Handsome Thief after the 4YO posted a fetching debut win at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Raced by Paul Fudge's Waratah Thoroughbreds, the Irish-bred entire lived right up to his pedigree when unleashing a brilliant turn of foot to score an easy 3.75 length win in the William Hill Plate over 1200 metres. "He's always trialled up well at home but he's taken a long time to get there," Weir told Racing.com. "As [usual] with the Waratah Thoroughbred horses, they give them all the time in the world to get them right." Weir added: "Hopefully this one can go on with the job, get over a bit further and win a better race." Handsome Thief is by Shamardal out of the Galileo mare Insoumise, a half-sister to Gr1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud winner Plumania. This is a prolific Gr1-producing family that also includes unbeaten Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner Abbey Marie, Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, and successful sire Groom Dancer.

Trentham Best Option For Filly

Thursday, 12th January 2017

Storytime (Savabeel-Authoress, by Fuji Kiseki) will stay closer to home for her next appearance, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainers Evan and J. J. Rayner have elected to run the 3YO Savabeel filly in Saturday's Gr1 Levin Classic at Trentham in preference to the Listed NZB Insurance Karaka 3YO Mile at Ellerslie on January 29. "The race at Wellington has dropped away a bit, it's still a good field but the Auckland race will be very tough," J. J. Rayner said. Storytime, who hails from the same family as British Gr1 Nassau Stakes winner Hawajiss and Australian stakes winners Dirty and Whitlam, finished runner-up last time out behind unbeaten filly Volpe Veloce in the Gr2 Eight Carat Classic.

2016

Volpe Veloce Wins Gr3 Eulogy Stakes

Monday, 12th December 2016

At Awapuni in New Zealand, Newgate Farm's Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock-Forest Native, by Forest Wildcat ) added a Group success when exciting 3YO filly Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge-Bardego, by Barathea) scored a comfortable 1.5 length win for trainer Graham Richardson in the NZ$70,000 Gr3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Rip Into Ghia (Rip Van Winkle-Karmann Ghia, by Volksraad) & Storytime (Savabeel-Authoress, by Fuji Kiseki). The aptly named Volpe Veloce, whose name in Italian translates to "fast fox", extended her unbeaten record to 5 wins (including the Listed Castletown Stakes) from 5 starts for NZ$93,750. The exciting filly could step up to Gr1 company at her next start. "I'm undecided at the moment. There's the Eight Carat [Gr2] at Ellerslie or we could go to Trentham for the Levin Classic [Gr1], it will be one of those two races," trainer Graham Richardson told NZ Racing Desk. Purchased for NZ$240,000 by Richardson Racing at the 2015 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Farm, Volpe Veloce is a half-sister to Listed Black Opal Stakes winner Delago Bolt from the Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview winning filly Bardego.

Sound True Wins Gr1 Champions Cup

Monday, 5th December 2016

At Chukyo racecourse in Japan, former Arrowfield Stud shuttler French Deputy (Deputy Minister-Mitterand, by Hold Your Peace) celebrated an elite success when 6YO gelding Sound True (French Deputy-Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by a neck for trainer Noboru Takagi in the Gr1 Champions Cup (1800m) for 3YO+, over 6YO entire Awardee (Jungle Pocket-Heavenly Romance, by Sunday Silence) & 5YO entire Asukano Roman (Agnes Digital-Asukano Himiko, by Tabasco Cat). Dirt specialist Sound True avenged last year's third in the Champions Cup (formerly the Japan Cup Dirt) to improve his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Ohi Tokyo Daishoten) and 20 placings (including the Gr1 Champions Cup) from 38 starts for ¥455,788,000 earnings. "The horse seems to be in good form during this time of the year so I am looking forward to defending the title in the year-end Tokyo Daishoten,” commented jockey Takuya Ono.

Mikki Isle Wins Gr1 Mile Championship

Monday, 21st November 2016

At Kyoto racecourse in Japan, 5YO entire Mikki Isle (Deep Impact-Star Isle, by Rock of Gibraltar) survived a stewards inquiry to post the second top flight victory of his career when scoring by a head for trainer Hidetaka Otonashi in the 33rd running of the Gr1 Mile Championship (8 furlongs) for 3YO+, over fellow 5YO entires Isla Bonita (Fuji Kiseki-Isla Cozzene, by Cozzene) & Neorealism (Neo Universe-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake). Mikki Isle improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 NHK Mile Cup) from 19 starts for ¥529,481,000 in earnings.

Gr1 Winner Close To Return

Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Unbeaten Gr1-winning mare Abbey Marie (Redoute's Choice-Catshaan, by Catrail) will be restricted to a light spring campaign, according to her trainer Mick Kent. Her primary spring target is the Gr1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington in November. The beautifully bred Abbey Marie - who is a full-sister to Australian Oaks winner Absolutely - marked herself as one of the most exciting horses in the country when claiming her first Gr1 victory at just her third career start in the Gr1 Australasian Oaks in May. Kent said the 4YO suffered a slight setback which gad delayed her return to the races. "She had an abscess in her abdomen and it didn't respond to antibiotics so we just wanted to be really proactive with her and sent her to hospital and she's got over that really well and has had five weeks in the paddock," Kent told racing.com. "We're running out of time a little bit with her but all being well she'll resume in the Tristarc Stakes (1400m) into the Myer and they'll be her two runs for the spring." The Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on 15 October. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Abbey Marie descends from a prolific Gr1-producing family that includes Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, Plumania and successful sire Groom Dancer.

Rosmartini Wins Listed Belmont Oaks

Thursday, 14th July 2016

At Belmont Park in Western Australia, Gr3-winning stallion Proart (Rock Of Gibraltar-Beaux Art, by Nomrood) sired his first stakes winner when 3YO filly Rosmartini (Proart-Rosmopolitan, by Verglas) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Simon Miller in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Oaks (2100m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond) & Awesome As (Coconut Grove-Daughter's Demand, by Verglas). Rosmartini improved her record to 4 wins and 1 placing from 11 starts for $115,150 earnings.

Great Shot Wins Listed Belmont Guineas

Monday, 27th June 2016

At Belmont in Western Australia, Eliza Park's Gr1 Galaxy-winning stallion Magnus (Flying Spur-Scandinavia, by Snippets) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Great Shot (Magnus-Satin Covers, by Dr Grace) scored a front-running 4.25-length win for trainer Rhys Radford in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond) & fellow 3YO gelding Universal Law (Beneteau-Simply Wicked, by Scenic). Great Shot, who was a $31,000 purchase by Francis Edwards at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Scenic Lodge, boosted his impressive strike rate to 5 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $226,550 earnings. From a daughter of Gr1 Orlando Wines (now known as the Gr1 Coolmore Classic) winner Satin Sand, Great Shot is a three-quarter brother to Melbourne stakes winning mare Gawne. He is also a half brother to the dam of Casino Dancer, a multiple Group winner also sold by Magic Millions.

Abbey Marie Examined For Mysterious Illness

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Boom filly Abbey Marie (Redoute's Choice-Catshaan, by Catrail) has succumbed to a mysterious illness, reports Racing.com. The Gr1-winning filly has been sent to Werribee Veterinary Hospital to determine the source of an infection which has caused a spike in her temperature. Trainer Mick Kent is hoping the setback doesn't affect her spring preparations. "She was out spelling and spiked a temp and we put her on a course of antibiotics and it still wasn't controlling it so we turned to the specialists," explained Kent. "She's hanging in there and seems OK but they still haven't found the source of it. It shouldn't bother her concerning the spring as long as they can get on top of it." The beautifully bred Abbey Marie marked herself as one of the most exciting horses in the country when claiming her first Gr1 victory at just her third career start in last month's Australasian Oaks in Adelaide. She is yet to taste defeat in three career outings. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Abbey Marie was a $300,000 purchase by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She and Absolutely descend from a prolific Gr1-producing family that includes Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, Plumania and successful sire Groom Dancer.

Morvada Wins Listed Oaklands Plate

Monday, 16th May 2016

At Morphettville in Adelaide, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) added a black-type success when 2YO gelding Morvada (Mossman-Carnegie Minstrel, by Carnegie) scored by 3.8-lengths for trainer Peter Jolly in the $100,000 Listed Oaklands Plate (1600m) for 2YOs, over 2YO fillies With A Bit Of Dash (Dash for Cash-Storm Esprit, by Bel Esprit) & Nina Peak (Hinchinbrook-Sister Madrid, by Fuji Kiseki). This was the first stakes victory for Morvada who took her record to 1 win and 1 placing from 5 starts for $79,880 earnings. Morvada, who hails from the same female family as Gr1 New Zealand Derby winner Zonda, was a $200,000 purchase by her trainer Peter Jolly at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud.

Abbey Marie Wins Gr1 Australasian Oaks

Monday, 9th May 2016

At Morphettville in Adelaide, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite success when high class 3YO filly Abbey Marie (Redoute's Choice (AUS) 1996 out of Catshaan (AUS) 1999, by Catrail) scored by 0.4-length for trainer Mick Kent in the $400,000 Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina, by Dubai Destination) & C'Est Beau la Vie (Bernardini-Valkyrie Diva, by Jade Robbery). The beautifully bred Abbey Marie, who marked herself as one of the most exciting horses in the country in claiming her first Gr1 victory at just her third career start, extended her unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $315,870 earnings. The daughter of Redoute's Choice and Catshaan emulated the classic success of her full-sister Absolutely whom Kent trained to win the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick in 2011. "I was really happy with her and the trip didn't worry me, but she's just having her third start - it was really hard to line her form up," Kent told Racing.com. "She's just a beautiful, relaxed filly and she's coped with the prep. She walked around the mounting yard here like an old timer." Kent said Abbey Marie would be sent for a spell and be set for the Gr1 Myer Classic in the spring. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Abbey Marie was a $300,000 purchase by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She and Absolutely descend from a prolific Gr1-producing family that includes Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, Plumania and successful sire Groom Dancer.

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Abbey Marie Ready For Oaks Test

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

Victorian trainer Mick Kent is confident that talented filly Abbey Marie (Redoute's Choice-Catshaan, by Catrail) will cope with a significant rise in class and distance in Saturday's $400,000 Gr1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville, reports Racing.com. The 3YO is coming off an impressive last-to-first victory in a benchmark 70 race over 1440 metres at Caulfield ten days ago which extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $58,550 in prize money. "Yeah, it's a massive jump but she's only three once and she's bred to run 10 furlongs and she's very fit," Kent said on Monday. Abbey Marie, who will be the least experienced filly in Saturday's field, will attempt to emulate her full sister Absolutely whom Kent guided to Classic success in the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick in 2011. "This one's faster and a stronger type,'' Kent said when asked to compare the siblings. "I don't think she'll [Abbey Marie] get a mile and a half (2400m) this filly. I've always had her pegged as a miler but you have to give her a chance over ten furlongs.'' Bred by Arrowfield Stud, Abbey Marie was a $300,000 purchase by Dermot Farrington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She and Absolutely descend from a prolific Gr1-producing family that includes Indian Rose, Kinshasa No Kiseki, Plumania and successful sire Groom Dancer.

Kermadec Retired To Stud

Friday, 29th April 2016

Dual Gr1 winner Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) has been retired from racing and will join the Darley roster at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley for the 2016 breeding season. Prepared by champion trainer Chris Waller, Kermadec established himself as one of the top milers in Australia with wins in the Gr1 Doncaster Mile (defeating Gr1 winners Real Impact and Royal Descent) at three, and the Gr1 George Main Stakes (defeating Gr1 winners Royal Descent and Pornichet) at four. "We are thrilled to have purchased Teofilo's best son Kermadec to stand alongside his father at Kelvinside this season," said Alastair Pulford, Head of Sales for Darley in Australia. "Teofilo has quickly become a global star for us and we are very excited to have him returning to Australia this season as are many of our clients." He added: "Kermadec was a horse of exceptional quality who was able to win a Gr3 on Derby day at Flemington on just his third start. He went on to win two of the best Gr1 mile races in Australia with only the superstar Winx denying him a third win at the elite level in the George Ryder last month." Kermadec retires with 4 wins from 17 starts for over $2.9 million in prize money. He will stand at a fee of $22,000 inc GST.

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New Darley recruit Kermadec (image: Steve Hart)

English Wins Gr1 All Aged Stakes

Monday, 18th April 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a Gr1 success when 3YO filly English (Encosta de Lago-Court, by Anabaa) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $600,000 Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), over 5YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) & 4YO entire Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki). Given a soft run behind in a race that lacked pace, English only had to repeat her Gr1 TJ Smith sectionals to be a huge chance in the sprint home. A valuable home-bred for Newhaven Park Stud, English took her record to 4 wins (also including the Gr2 Challenge Stakes & Gr2 Reisling Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes & last start's Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes) from 8 starts for $1,727,950 earnings.

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English wins her first Gr1 race (image: Steve Hart)

All Gee Wins Listed Ranconteur Stakes

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

At Ascot in Western Australia, deceased former Westbury Park Stud stallion Fath (Danzig-Desirable, by Lord Gayle) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding All Gee (Fath-Jeunes Knight, by Jeune) scored by 0.25-length for trainer Brian Kersley in the $100,000 Listed Ranconteur Stakes (1500m) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond) & fellow 3YO gelding Cubitt & Cundy (Musket-Belgrave Square, by Octagonal). This was the first stakes victory for All Gee who took his record to 4 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $156,050 earnings.

Winx Wins Gr1 George Ryder Stakes

Monday, 21st March 2016

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite success when superstar 4YO mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) cruised to an easy 1.5-length win for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire and stable-mate Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) & 3YO colt and stable-mate Press Statement (Hinchinbrook-Kaaptive Empress, by Kaaptive Edition). Winx, from the dual stakes-winning New Zealand mare Vegas Showgirl, was a $230,000 purchase by Magic Bloodstock at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. Her latest victory boosted her record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate, Gr1 Chipping Norton, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 18 starts for $4,753,925 earnings. Winx's confirmed her status as the best racehorse in Australia with her eighth consecutive victory. Trainer Chris Waller said she could now contest the Gr1 Doncaster Mile on 2 April en route to the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) a week later. "It's pretty special," Waller told Sky Racing. "We will think about the Doncaster; obviously the Queen Elizabeth is the race we set her for from the start of the carnival but you can’t ignore a $3 million race the week before." Winning jockey Hugh Bowman said Winx was simply a class above her rivals. "This is one of the best races in the country...its a genuine world-class Gr1 event and she showed her dominance her this afternoon," he said.

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Winx shows her champion qualities in the George Ryder (image: Steve Hart)

Badawiya Wins Gr2 Kewney Stakes

Monday, 14th March 2016

At Flemington in Melbourne, Emirates Park Stud stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a Group success when 3YO filly Badawiya (Al Maher-Sayuri San, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 2.25-lengths for trainer Mick Price in the $200,000 Gr2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Don't Doubt Mamma (Not a Single Doubt-Coconut Mamma, by Fantastic Light) & Egypt (Sebring-Bashaayer, by High Yield). A homebred for Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Badawiya took her record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 MRC Edward Manifold Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 MRC Thousand Guineas) from 8 starts for $328,775 earnings.

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Badawiya (image: Mark Gatt)

Showy Chloe Wins Listed Western Australia Breeders' Classic

Monday, 14th March 2016

At Bunbury in Western Australia, Lynward Park Stud's Gr1-winning Irish stallion Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer-Glinting Desert, by Desert Prince) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond) scored by 1-length for trainer Jason Pateman in the $100,000 Listed Western Australia Breeders' Classic (1400m) for 3YOs, over 3YO geldings Cone Bay (Saxon-Screech, by Canny Lad) & Pushin' Shapes (Viscount-Smooth Mover, by Suave Dancer). Showy Chloe took her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 Karrakatta Plate, Gr3 Gimcrack Stakes & Listed Supremacy Stakes) from 9 starts for $298,250 earnings.

Holler Wins Gr1 Canterbury Stakes

Monday, 7th March 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 3YO colt Holler (Commands-Shouts, by Strategic) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainer John O'Shea in the $500,000 Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare First Seal (Fastnet Rock-Episode, by Scenic) & 4YO entire Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki). The Godolphin-owned and bred Holler took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Australia Stakes & Gr3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Run to the Rose) from 10 starts for $658,625 earnings. Holler is out of the Woodlands Stud bred mare Shouts (Strategic), a half-sister to three-time Gr1 winner Yell. This is also the family of Gr1 Castlemaine QTC Classic (now JJ Atkins Stakes) winner Anthems, stakes winner Vocalist and Gr2 ATC Hill Stakes winner Lamasery. O'Shea said post-race that Holler was likely to head to Melbourne for the Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) on 24 March. "I think we will send him back to Melbourne," O'Shea said. "He loves the Valley and he can go back there in the William Reid."

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Holler (image: Steve Hart)

Canterbury Stakes First-Up For Kermadec

Friday, 22nd January 2016

Champion Sydney Chris Waller has confirmed that dual Gr1 winner Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) will open his autumn campaign in the $500,000 Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on 5 March, reports horseracing.com.au. Waller said that Kermadec, who has not raced since finishing 13th behind stable-mate Winx in the Cox Plate in October, will be kept to a sprinting program, with the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and a defence of his title in the Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) his other chief targets. "He has returned very well," Waller told Sky Racing Radio. "We are going to keep him to the shorter distances and probably end up in the Doncaster to defend his title. We will see him resume in the Canterbury Stakes, which is well into the Carnival." He added: "I just think that he struggles to get out beyond a mile and I think that he is a sprinter/miler. It will be the fifth of March, then the George Ryder and then the Doncaster."

2015

Sambista Wins Gr1 Champions Cup

Tuesday, 8th December 2015

At Chukyo racecourse in Japan, 5YO mare Sambista (Suzuka Mambo-White Carnival, by Misil) scored an upset 1.5 length win at odds of 66-1 for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii in the ¥196 million Gr1 Champions Cup (9 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 3YO colt Nonkono Yume (Twining-Nonko, by Agnes Tachyon) & 5YO entire Sound True (French Deputy-Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki). Sambista, who became the first female winner of the Champions Cup (which was run as a the Japan Cup Dirt until 2013), took her record to 11 wins (including the Listed Ohi Ladies Prelude) and 10 placings from 28 starts for ¥376,257,000 earnings.

Maurice Wins Gr1 Mile Championship

Monday, 23rd November 2015

At Tokyo racecourse in Japan, 4YO entire Maurice (Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances, by Carnegie) stamped himself as Japan's premier miler when scoring a brilliant 1.25-length win for trainer Noriyuki Hori and jockey Ryan Moore in the ¥208 million Gr1 Mile Championship (1600m) for 3YO+, over 6YO entire Fiero (Deep Impact-Ruby, by Danehill) & fellow 4YO entire Isla Bonita (Fuji Kiseki-Isla Cozzene, by Cozzene). This was the second successive Gr1 victory for the Kazumi Yoshida-owned Maurice who took his record to 7 wins (Gr1 Yasuda Kinen & Gr3 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy) and 1 placing from 12 starts for ¥313,008,000 earnings. "I knew that he was probably going to be the best miler in the race and it was just a question of getting a clean trip, and hopefully if we kept things straight forward, he would be able to show that he's the best horse, and he did," said champion jockey Ryan Moore. "He showed a really good turn of foot in the last 400 meters. I rode him when he was a 2-year-old, but he's developed into a fast, strong horse." Maurice became the first horse since Daiwa Major in 2007 to claim the Yasuda Kinen-Mile double.

Raffles Cup Quartet Clashes Again In Singapore Gold Cup

Friday, 13th November 2015

The first four horses home in last month's Gr1 Raffles Cup in Singapore (1800m) are among a quality field of horses set to face the starter on Sunday in the S$1.35 million Gr1 Singapore Gold Cup (2200m). Australian-bred Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain't Seen Nothin', by Nothin' Leica Dane) is on track for a Gr1 treble after winning both the Raffles Cup and the Kranji Mile in his last two starts. His previous run in this race last year resulted in an 8th placing, however he did finish runner-up in the Gr1 Singapore Derby (2000m) so the 2200m should be within his reach. The obvious dangers are fellow Aust-bred Fastnet Dragon (Fastnet Rock-Sister Madrid, by Fuji Kiseki) & exciting Argentine import Quechua whose Gr1 form is ultra consistent and includes a victory in this year's Gr1 Singapore Derby.

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Blackwood Wins Listed Burgess Queen Stakes

Monday, 2nd November 2015

Also at Ascot in Perth, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars(Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a black-type success when promising 3YO filly Blackwood (Blackfriars-Karriwood, by Tobougg) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Fred Kersley in the $100,000 Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, over top-weight Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond) & Arcadia Dream (Domesday-Arcadia, by Redoute's Choice). Earning her maiden stakes victory, Blackwood took her record to 5 wins & a placing (in last start's Listed Belgravia Stakes) for $295,300 earnings.

Stepitup Wins Gr1 Raffles Cup

Monday, 26th October 2015

At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, celebrated a Gr1 success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain't Seen Nothin', by Nothin' Leica Dane) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Laurie Laxon in the S$500,000 Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Fastnet Dragon (Fastnet Rock-Sister Madrid, by Fuji Kiseki) & 5YO Argentinian-bred entire Quechua (Pure Prize-Queen Cabaret, by Wild Event). Stepitup, who was purchased by Cliff Brown Racing for $90,000 at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Bellerive Stud, took his record to 15 wins (including the Gr1 Kranji Mile & Gr1 Singapore Guineas) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Raffles Cup, Gr1 Singapore Derby & Gr1 Patrons' Bowl) from 33 starts for over S$2.3 million earnings. From the multiple stakes winning mare Ain't Seen Nothin', Stepitup is a half-brother to dual stakes winner Ain'Tnofallenstar (Starcraft) and Gr3 winner Bachman (All American). This is the outstanding Gold Vink family of Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her multiple Gr1-winning sons Haradasun and Elvstroem, brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.

Stay With Me Wins Gr1 Thousand Guineas

Monday, 12th October 2015

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated a Gr1 success when beautifully bred 3YO filly Stay With Me (Street Cry-Miss Finland, by Redoute's Choice) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $500,000 Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Jameka (Myboycharlie-Mine Game, by General Nediym) & Badawiya (Al Maher-Sayuri San, by Fuji Kiseki). This was the first Gr1 victory for Arrowfield Stud-bred and owned Stay With Me, who emulated the Thousand Guineas victory of her champion mum Miss Finland in 2006. Stay With Me took her record to 3 wins (including the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes) and 1 placing (the Listed Talindert Stakes) from 6 starts for $419,250 earnings. Co-trainer David Hayes nominated races such as the Gr1 Myer Classic and Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes as likely future spring targets for Stay With Me. "I think she's gone from the best-bred filly to one of the best fillies in Australia," co-trainer David Hayes told Racing.com. "We'll have a meeting and see how she pulls up but I purposely left her out of the Cox Plate not to tumble into that," he said. "We've got races like the Myer, the Wakeful and the Mackinnon to look at. Maybe we could go for the Oaks but my gut feel is to keep her over shorter distances during the spring."

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Stay With Me (image: Bronwen Healy)

Buffering Wins Gr1 Moir Stakes

Tuesday, 6th October 2015

At Moonee Valley last Friday night, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Studstallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 8YO gelding Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) scored by 0.4-length for trainer Robert Heathcote in the $450,000 Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at wfa for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 6YO mare Angelic Light (Holy Roman Emperor-Flashed, by Fuji Kiseki). The result was remarkable for evergreen Buffering on three fronts: it was his first start since injuring himself last December in the Gr1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin, his first victory since winning this race last year, and also gave him de facto ownership of the Moonee Valley dash: from 4 starts in the race (elevated to Gr1 status in 2013), Buffering has recorded 3 wins and a runner-up. Buffering was a $22,000 purchase by Paul Willetts at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale from the draft of Racetree. Including his Moir Stakes domination, his record now stands at 17 wins (also including the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes, Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic, Gr1 Manikato Stakes, Gr2 BRC Victory Stakes, Gr2 Schillaci Stakes,, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Ian McEwen Stakes) & 17 placings (including the Gr1 BTC Cup, Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap - twice, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 - thrice, Gr1 William Reid, Gr1 Newmarket, Gr1 Lightning T.J. Smith Stakes & Gr1 Patinack Classic) from 47 starts for $5,145,781 earnings.

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Buffering goes back-to-back in the Gr1 Moir S. (image: Mark Gatt)

Kermadec Wins Gr1 George Main Stakes

Monday, 21st September 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 4YO entire Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $500,000 Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare and stable-mate Royal Descent (Redoute's Choice-Mulan Princess, by Kaapstad) & 5YO French-bred gelding Pornichet (Vespone-Porza, by Septieme Ciel). Kermadec, who was purchased for NZ$260,000 by Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Wentwood Grange, took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Doncaster Mile & Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes & Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes) from 11 starts for $2,577,025 earnings. Trainer Chris Waller confirmed Kermadec was on track for the Gr1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on 24 October. "He was strong the last 200m and that was good heading towards a Caulfield Stakes and Cox Plate," Waller told Sky racing. "He's a colt, he's a Doncaster winner, he's lightly-raced and if we can get one of those big ones in Melbourne, he's a very valuable horse." He added: "If he's trained right, he'll win it."

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Kermadec (image: Steve Hart)

Complacent Wins Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes

Monday, 7th September 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, triple Gr1-winning former English Derby victor & Darley shuttler Authorized (Montjeu-Funsie, by Saumarez) added a Group success when 5YO entire Complacent (Authorized-Insouciance, by Quest for Fame) scored a surprise 1.3-length win for trainer John O'Shea in the $250,000 Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) & 5YO mare Royal Descent (Redoute's Choice-Mulan Princess, by Kaapstad). Complacent, who was having just his second start in 22 months, took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Derby) from 8 starts for $815,725 earnings. "He's a great horse, but you don't need me to tell you that – you only have to look at his record," O'Shea said. "He's a magnificent horse and hopefully we can keep him sound and that's not the last win he'll have this season." He added: "I think the key for him is he needs to stay in Sydney. We'll have a chat and find another race for him."

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Kermadec Exhibition Gallop Tomorrow

Friday, 14th August 2015

Doncaster Mile winner Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) will have an exhibition gallop after the first race at Rosehill tomorrow ahead of his return in the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on Saturday week, reports AAP. "He has to have a gallop on Saturday so we thought we would take him to the races," trainer Chris Waller said. "It will be a good experience for him to work in front of the crowd and have the whole raceday experience. We just want to tick all the boxes." Kermadec, who has won 3 of his 8 starts to date, is being aimed at the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup in the spring.

Dark Musket Wins Listed Belmont Classic

Monday, 20th July 2015

At Belmont in West Australia, Yarradale Stud's Gr2-winning stallion Musket (Redoute's Choice-Tugela, by Riverman), a three-quarter brother to champion mare and three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, celebrated his first stakes winner when 3YO gelding Dark Musket (Musket-Oriental Lass, by Faltaat) scored by a nose for trainer Graeme Ballantyne in the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO geldings North Ridge (Danehill Express-Noreaster, by Fuji Kiseki) & Settlers Creek (Discorsi-Three Sisters, by Nuclear Freeze). Dark Musket took his record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 8 starts for $115,100 earnings. Dark Musket was purchased by John Chalmers Bloodstock for just $4,000 as a weanling at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale from the draft of Geisel Park.

Quechua Wins Gr1 Singapore Derby

Monday, 13th July 2015

At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, 4YO Argentinian-bred entire Quechua (Pure Prize-Queen Cabaret, by Wild Event) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Patrick Shaw in the S$1.15 million Gr1 Singapore Derby (2000m), over 4YO New Zealand-bred gelding and reigning Horse of the Year War Affair (O'Reilly-Kristique, by Kris S) & 4YO Australian-bred gelding Fastnet Dragon (Fastnet Rock-Sister Madrid, by Fuji Kiseki). This was the second Gr1 victory for Quechua who took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Singapore Gold Cup, Gr2 San Isidro Clasico Ensayo in his native Argentina & Gr3 New Year Cup) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup & Gr1 G.P. Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz) from 21 starts. "He's been such a good horse to us. He's won the Gold Cup and now the Derby, what more can you ask of him," winning trainer Patrick Shaw said. "I was pretty confident he would be right in it coming to the top of the straight as he's such a fighter. He dug down real deep when War Affair got to him, and was just too good today." He added: "He's going for a well-deserved break now and I will probably bring him back for the Weight-for-Age races as well as the Kranji Mile, Raffles Cup leading up to the Gold Cup." The unlucky runner of the race was undoubtedly the favourite War Affair, who was posted four to five horses deep for the entire race.

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Quechua (noseroll) 

Straight Girl Wins Gr1 Victoria Mile

Tuesday, 19th May 2015

At Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, 6YO mare Straight Girl (Fuji Kiseki-Never Period, by Taiki Shuttle) claimed her maiden Gr1 success when unleashing a powerful finish to score by a head for trainer Hideaki Fujiwara in the Gr1 Victoria Mile (8 furlongs) for 4YO+ f&m, over fellow 6YO mare Keiai Elegant (King Kamehameha-Post Parade, by AP Indy) & 5YO mare Minaret (Suzuka Mambo-Noisette, by Warning). "The frontrunners were holding off well in the straight but the mare showed a magnificent turn of foot. I rode her for the first time today but she was easy to ride and ran a strong race," commented winning jockey Keita Tosaki. Straight Girl, who finished third in last year's Victoria Mile, took her record to 9 wins from 26 starts for ¥ 366,545,900 earnings.

Showy Chloe Wins Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes

Monday, 13th April 2015

At Ascot in Perth, Lynward Park Stud stallion Alfred Noble added a Gr3 success (his first stakes-winner) when filly Showy Chloe (Alfred Noble-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond) won by a dominant 4.8-lengths for trainer Jason Pateman in the $200,000 Gr3 WA Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs. She defeated the geldings Saxophonist (Saxon-Noreaster, by Fuji Kiseki) & Black Cuban (Blackfriars-Figaro, by Lujain). While this was her breakthrough stakes win, Showy Chloe had been knocking on the door in her only other three starts – all in black type races – with placings in the Gr2 Karrakatta Plate, Gr3 Gimcrack Stakes & Listed Supremacy Stakes. Her total earnings are now $197,500.

Kermadec Wins Gr1 Doncaster Mile

Tuesday, 7th April 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 3YO colt Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 1.8-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Japanese entire real Impact (Deep Impact-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake) & 5YO mare and stable-mate Royal Descent (Redoute's Choice-Mulan Princess, by Kaapstad). Kermadec, who was purchased for NZ$260,000 by Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale form the draft of Wentwood Grange, took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes) from 8 starts for $2,217,025 earnings. "It is an unexplainable moment," an emotional Chris Waller told Sky Racing. "He is a Group 1 horse and he proved that today, but it won't be his last one. He has won his race and being a colt he has a bright future ahead." He added, "It is only made possible when you have a great team of staff behind you, great riders and it is just an amazing feeling."

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Kermadec (image: Steve Hart)

Lucky Street Wins Gr2 Karrakatta Plate

Monday, 30th March 2015

At Ascot in West Australia, Mungrup Stud's Gr3-winning stallion Oratorio (Stravinsky-Express A Smile, by Success Express) added a Group success when 2YO colt Lucky Street (Oratorio-Rumours, by Umatilla) rompled home by 4.5-lengths for trainer Trevor Andrews in the $500,000 Gr2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) for 2YOs, over 2YO fillies Mystic Maid (Patronize-Magical Belle, by Blackfriars) & Snowy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond). Lucky Street, who was purchased by his trainer Trevor Andrews for $75,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Mungrup Stud, took his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Perth Stakes & Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (LR)) from 5 starts for $609,950 earnings. "I'm just very relieved," trainer Trevor Andrews told The West Australian. "It's been a stressful week to make sure everything was right and there were no issues." He added, "He's just a super little colt – a great racehorse with a great motor." Andrews has earmarked the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes at the end of the year as a suitable target for the talented youngster. "He'll definitely go to the paddock. I won't go to the Sires," Andrews said. "I'd love to run him in the Winterbottom at the end of the year. At weight-for-age, he'll have 52 kilos on his back." He added, "Hopefully if we can get a Group 1 next to his name, we can stand him at stud."

Real Impact Wins Gr1 George Ryder Stakes

Monday, 23rd March 2015

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, 7YO Japanese entire Real Impact (Deep Impact-Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Noriyuki Hori in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) & 3YO colt Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki). Real impact, who is a son of champion Japanese racehorse and sire Deep Impact, took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Yasuda Kinen) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 NHK Mile Cup) from 26 starts for $5,145,191 earnings. Real Impact will now progress to the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on 4 April.

Chantski Wins Gr3 Gimcrack Stakes

Monday, 16th March 2015

At Ascot in West Australia, Yarradale Stud shuttler War Chant (War Chant (Danzig-Hollywood Wildcat, by Kris S) celebrated his first stakes winner in Australia when 2YO filly Chantski (War Chant-Endesa, by Marauding) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Dion Luciani in the $150,000 Gr3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) for 2YO fillies, over fellow fillies Mystic Maid (Patronize-Magical Belle, Blackfriars) & Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond). Chantski, who was purchased by her trainer Dion Luciani for $60,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Yarradale Stud, took her record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Listed Supremacy Stakes) from 4 starts for $179,800 earnings.

London Line Wins Listed Supremacy Stakes

Monday, 2nd March 2015

At Ascot in West Australia, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a black-type success when 2YO gelding London Line (Blackfriars-Line of Flight, by Bletchley Park) scored by 0.25-length for trainer Daniel Morton ion the $100,000 Listed Supremacy Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over 2YO fillies Chantski (War Chant-Endesa, by Marauding) & Showy Chloe (Alfred Nobel-Special Kiseki, by Special Bond). This was the first stakes victory for London Line who took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 4 starts for $154,100 earnings.

Hallowed Crown Wins Gr2 Hobartville Stakes

Monday, 23rd February 2015

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's 2006 Champion 2YO Colt & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby-winning shuttler Street Sense (Street Cry-Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band) added a Group success when 3YO colt Hallowed Crown (Street Sense-Crowned Glory, by Danehill) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Bart & James Cummings in the $200,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Sweynesse (Lonhro-Swansea, by Singspiel) & Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki). Hallowed Crown, who is co-owned by his breeder Eduardo Cojuangco's Gooree Stud and Sheikh Mohammed's breeding arm Darley Australia, will now head to the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in two weeks time. "What my horse has is a winning attitude...he pulled himself off the canvas and hit the line really well," James Cummings told TVN. "He has the record that any three-year-old colt in the country would be very enviable of right now and what a thrill it is to win it for my grandfather and Sheik Mohammed." He added, "The race in two weeks (the Royal Randwick Guineas) will mean more than this, but this puts the writing on the wall and there is not much between the three of them, but my horse has a fantastic attitude and has done everything right in the lead-up to this." Hallowed Crown took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr3 Run To The Rose & Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes) from 6 starts for $981,475 earnings. The Gooree bred colt is out of Golden Slipper runner-up Crowned Glory and descends from the same female line as champion New Zealand stallion Zabeel, Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov, and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winning mother and son Detroit and Carnegie.

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Hallowed Crown (red) (image: Steve Hart)

2014

Aerovelocity Wins Gr1 Hong Kong International Sprint

Monday, 15th December 2014

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Waikato Stud's Gr1 Australian Guineas-winning stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) celebrated a Gr1 success when 6YO gelding Aerovelocity (Pins-Exodus, by Kaapstad) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Paul O'Sullivan in the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), over 3YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) & 5YO Japanese-bred mare Straight Girl (Fuji Kiseki-Never Period, by Taiki Shuttle). This was the first Gr1 victory for Aerovelocity who took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Premier Bowl Handicap & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 4 placings from 15 starts for NZ$2,928,189 earnings. Australian sprinter Buffering finished sixth.

Angelic Light Spelled

Monday, 24th November 2014

Meanwhile, trainer Robbie Griffiths said that beaten favourite Angelic Light (Holy Roman Emperor-Flashed, by Fuji Kiseki) would be aimed at next year's Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley following her fifth placing in the Winterbottom Stakes on Saturday. Griffiths feels Moonee Valley's StrayAyr surface brings out the best in Angelic Light, who won the Gr2 Ian McEwen Stakes and was narrowly beaten in three Gr1s at the track this season. "Her previous four runs have all been outstanding, but they've all been at Moonee Valley on the StrathAyr," Griffiths told racingnetwork.com.au. "I just don't think she stretched out to her full talent — not as a consequence of the track, but it wasn't soft enough for her liking." He added, "She didn't give us her 'A' game. She was ridden well, she was ready to win, but didn't stretch out like she has at Moonee Valley." Griffiths said Angelic Light would now be spelled to prepare for the William Reid on 27 March with the Gr1 Robert Sangster Classic and Gr1 Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide also under consideration.

Kermadec Wins Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes

Monday, 3rd November 2014

At Flemington in Melbourne, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 3YO colt Kermadec (Teofilo-Hy Fuji, by Fuji Kiseki) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $200,000 Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) & 3YO gelding Manhattan Avenue (Manhattan Rain-Tizzy May, by Danzero). This was the first stakes victory for Kermadec who was purchased for NZ$260,000 by Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale form the draft of Wentwood Grange. Kermadec took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $171,275 earnings. Waller earmarked the Gr1 Australian Guineas and Gr1 Randwick Guineas as possible autumn targets for Kermadec. "He is a very special horse," Waller told TVN. "He does everything. He has a beautiful, flowing action and while he has a long way to go he's ticking a few boxes."

Lankan Rupee Wins Gr1 Manikato Stakes

Monday, 27th October 2014

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's reigning Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated a Gr1 success when 5YO gelding Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice-Estelle Collection, by Stravinsky) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Mick Price in the $1 million Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare Angelic Light (Holy Roman Emperor-Flashed, by Fuji Kiseki) & 6YO gelding Famous Seamus (Elusive City-Clinique, by Dance Floor). Bred & owned by Mr Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets Ltd, Lankan Rupee had to survive an ambitious double protest from second and third placed horses Angelic Light and Famous Seamus to register his fourth Gr1 victory. He took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes & Listed VRC Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes) & 5 placings (including the Gr1 Moir Stakes) from 19 starts for $3,568,010 earnings. "He is just a rocket this horse out of the machines and he grabbed the bit between his teeth," Newitt said. "He didn't really get a breather, but I dragged him around the corner and let him rail up." He added, " If they are good enough to run him down good luck, but I've said all along that I just can't wait to get him to Flemington and down the straight because I know he will improve out of sight," Newitt said referring to the Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on 8 November. From the Gr3-winning Stravinsky mare Estelle Collection, Lankan Rupee hails from the same family as Victoria Derby winning stallion Grosvenor, Australian Oaks winner Mahaya, and her half-sister Shadea, the dam of champion racehorse and stallion Lonhro.

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Lankan Rupee winning the Manikato (image: Mark Gatt)